(Jerusalem)  --  The Israeli Defense Ministry says it carried out a successful test on a experimental target missile, in cooperation with the U.S.  A statement posted on the ministry's Facebook page says the missile, called Anchor, was launched from a base in the central part of Israel this morning.  The posting says the launch was conducted in cooperation with the American Agency for MIssile Defense, though U.S. officials stressed earlier today that U.S. forces were not involved in any launch.  

The missile test sparked alarm after Russian news agency RIA reported a "ballistic" launch in the Mediterranean Sea.  The two ballistic objects reportedly fell into the sea after traveling toward the east.  Following the Russian report, U.S. officials said there had been no missile launches by American forces.  Israel also denied any knowledge of a missile launch following the news agency report.